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Fresh Expressions Theology

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Book for Creative Church Building There will be plenty of space, so please don’t worry if anyone hasn’t booked, but it will help us plan for the Creative Church Building event on the 18th of May if you join those who have already registered online here: Please use this link if the window above isn’t […]

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Quartz Updates

These posts are a collection of news, information, and personal reflections from members of the Quartz community. If you could like to contribute, please get in touch. If you prefer something more spontaneous, we also have a WhatsApp “Glimmers” group where people post photos, thoughts and phrases that mark moments when they sense the presence […]

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climate change Forest Church

Forest Church May 2024

Summertime … We will meet, as is our custom, at 2pm outside the Crichton chapel. Dress for the weather, and bring what you need to be comfortable walking around the grounds. We will meet in the peace of Jesus, read from the Bible and read from the environment. Many of us will have had a […]

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Theology Thought of the Day

Ascension

Today is a big holiday in Norway. It can be (very) roughly translated as Christ speeding heavenward on a rocket. I have been thinking about how when we visit saints caves, or wilderness places, we think of anchorites experiencing remoteness. What if, while Ninian sat by the sea, he was looking at the best way […]

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Creative Worship

Glorious things

I met Diana Greenfield over 10 years ago, at a conference where I first learned about the “Forest Church” name. It was a delight to hear this interview with her, and so here is the opportunity for you to listen as well. https://www.gloriousthingspodcast.com/podcast/episode/25a9760d/30-fairy-goth-vicar She is building the Church creatively and holding spaces open for discussions.

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climate change Thought of the Day

Sea Change

Things can change for the better, and Jesus reveals that change. This post is about prophesy, the gift given for building up the Church. Prophets reveal things, and in the stories when people respond things get better – or at least the calamity that approaches is averted. When the religious authorities (whose role it was […]

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Community Mission Thought of the Day

Neighbours

Would it upset you to know that there are people living peacefully in Dumfries, having come here to find sanctuary, who are in fear of being detained by representitives of the UK government and deported to Africa? Does this sound like the sort of country you want to live in, or a good way to […]

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Forest Church Thought of the Day

Birdsong

This was sent in on our glimmers group. There have been a few posts recently of people simply enjoying their gardens, listening to the birds. This simplicity of living, enjoying the moment, is a gift the worth of which does not depend on words. However, as we have words here are some that are helpful […]

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Forest Church Theology Thought of the Day

The preaching of trees

“What are the sermons that the woods—those places of betweenness, repositories of ancient stories—might impart from their fretwork of branches and twigs, their columnar trunks and the boughs that hold up the sky?” Words are powerful communicators of meaning. Study, training, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit help us interpret, learn, and apply, what we find […]

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Forest Church Thought of the Day

Greenthinking

Rethinking how we think… Jesus talks about being “born again” – but what does that mean, Particularly for those who have grown up in a culturally Christian culture. Have some sympathy for the teachers of the law when he walked the earth, because they most often really couldn’t see what Jesus was on about. There […]

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Fresh Expressions Theology

read? write? do? discuss?

Creative Church Building Some people learn by reading books, some by writing them – still others by getting stuck in, or taking time out to reflect. We will feature all the above approaches at our Creative Church Building event on the 18th of May. This series of talks by Mike frost were very influential in […]